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Raw Tracks that Rock: Mic Selection

This course answers these questions:

  • How do I best choose a mic quickly and know that I made a good decision for any source?
  • When exactly would I want to use a Dynamic, Ribbon, Large Diaphragm, or Small Diaphragm Condenser microphone?
  • What is a common strength between ribbon mics and small diaphragm condensers?
  • When is it best to not use a Large Diaphragm Condenser for vocal?
  • Why should I use a condenser as a close mic on drums over using a dynamic mic?

If you have Raw Tracks that Rock, then your mixing will go faster and sound better than it ever could by "Fixing it in the mix". This is not a new approach or something I came up with. Just actually a very old-school way of recording, based in having great fundamentals in the skill of recording.

Why I created this course, and what you will learn:

  • There are so many different types of microphones and expectations of what each usually does in a studio.
    • I'm going to teach you to think of mics in 4 groups and uses of what they are good and bad at.
    • Then we are going to cover how to match microphones with sources, and how to critically listen to make better decisions.
  • Researching or reading about microphones can be confusing. Most specs won't tell you how it will sound.
    • I'll teach you how to decipher what they are saying by looking at the specs and understanding the situations that the mic would be good at.
  • There's a ton of conflicting advice from big name engineers. It all adds to the confusion.
    • You have to learn to adapt for YOUR guitar, drums, vocalist, Etc.
  • While we focus on a few instruments in the course, all the concepts can be used for any source (Instrument/vocalist).

What is in the course?

  • 8 Tightly Edited Videos - Very close to Creative Sound Lab Videos, with discussions and audio demos.
  • Total video time is 2 Hours and 14 minutes.
  • All the demos are downloadable (24 bit .wav) for critical listening in your own DAW
  • Direct email support from me with custom step-by-step instructions
  • Immediate access to all the course materials
  • All videos and audio files are downloadable.
  • No expiration date - You always have access.

Core Lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Mechanics of Mics (12:55)
    • We talk about the four different families of microphones and some of their strengths and weaknesses.
    • How each mic type creates signal and what implications that would have on pair mics together.
  • Lesson 2: Polar Patterns (8:08)
    • Which polar patterns have proximity effect, why proximity effect is created, and why microphones will have a varying degree of proximity effect.
  • Lesson 3: Recording At a Distance, SPL, and Logistics (8:59)
    • Which mics and polar patterns are best for capturing sources at a distance.
    • Considerations of SPL with sources and types of mics. Where microphones can be overdriven or damaged, and preventive measures.
    • Microphone protection and mistakes to avoid making when using dynamic mics.
  • Lesson 4: On-axis Microphone Tone (16:52)
    • We cover two very different approaches for selecting a microphone based on a source, and I give two simple questions to help.
    • I give three effects that happen when we move a microphone closer to a source, and how we can create audio illusions by the choice of mic.
  • Lesson 5: Off-axis Bleed (20:04)
    • I give several situations where bleed from other instruments/sources will affect the decision on which microphone will work best.
    • We explore several examples of microphones rejecting cymbals, or room sounds in the studio. We talk about the advantages of each one.
  • Lesson 6: Choosing a Mic for Vocals (32:32)
    • First, we consider microphone types (Dynamic, Ribbon, SDC, and LDC) and what advantage or disadvantage they each have for recording vocals.
    • We give examples for the strengths of using Dynamics on vocals, versus strengths for large diaphragm condensers.
  • Lesson 7: Choosing a Mic for Electric Guitar Cab (20:38)
    • We do a case study of 8 dynamic mics and compare the tones of each microphone
    • We discuss each mic and how to develop critical listening with sound.
  • Lesson 8: Choosing a Mic for Bass Guitar Cab (14:40)
    • We show several examples (Multiple mic types) and talk about each one.
    • I give advanced critical listening tips on how to judge sounds and low-frequency sources.

Bonus - Step-by-step email support directly from me (Ryan)

  • Something sounds a little off and you can't figure out why?
  • Just email me a short audio file, and I'll give you a custom step-by-step process on how to improve.


  • You get immediate access to all the videos. Total video time is 2 hours and 14 minutes. (02:14:00)
  • You never expire or go out of date. You have this course for life.
  • Download the core lessons and raw files for the audio demos.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

  • I want you to be completely happy with the course and coaching. If you are not happy for any reason, just email me within the first 30 days from your purchase and I'll refund 100% of the purchase price for this course.
  • No risk. The only thing you risk is not getting the course, and allowing your knowledge and confidence in your microphones (And gear) to hold you back.